2017 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional, Douro Valley, Portugal

2017 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional, Douro Valley, Portugal



Absolutely packed with drop dead gorgeous fruit, but also possesses tremendous cellaring potential if you can possibly resist.  Also see 2017 Quinta do Vallado Reserva.

The Estate grown Touriga Nacional is 100% varietal and considered the finest of the region.  A  “workhorse”, its small berry, thick skin and low juice to skin ratio always contributes backbone and tannic structure to the wine, while providing intense and concentrated blackberry fruits.  The winery has hit this 2017 high into the upper deck.

See Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 94 point rating below.  Should be $60 a bottle.  Now $55.95.  or 4+/$49.95 a bottle (can be combined with the Vallado Reserva ’17 for best pricing).

“…aged for 16 months in 30% new French barriques, and comes in at 14.5% alcohol.  Big, big fruit starts this off – a hallmark of Vallado’s 2017s.  Ripe, succulent and expressive, a hint of beef and blue fruits on the palate mingle on the finish after an aromatic start.  You expect the aromatics, but the flavor intensity is an added bonus, granting this is very young and exuberant.  Underneath, this shows off some structure too, although the tannins are very ripe.  The mid-palate has admirable finesse.  This will be a pleasure to drink, not just admire….Drink 2020 to 2037”


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